Author: Radhakamal Mukerjee
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120813670
Astavakragita (The Song of the Self Supreme) contains the Sanskrit text of Astavakragita (both in Nagari and Roman script), its English translation, Exegesis and Glossarial index.
It presents in twenty chapters the substance of Astavakra’s teaching in respect of the Cosmic Self in the form of his dialogue with Janaka, the seer-king of Videha.
The teaching is based on the Upanisadic creed of Absolute monism (Advaitavada) that identifies the Self with the non-dual Ultimate Reality. But the contribution of Astavakra is also immense, for he has introduced the element of emotional experience or the mystical feeling as the means for realizing the non-dual nature of the Self.
Written in a lucid style and dealing systematically with the subject matter, the book will hold a unique position among the contemplative classics of the world.
Vision of the Self as the All-pervading Witness (Saksi)
Marvel of the Infinite Self Beyond Nature (Ascaryam)
Self in All and All in the Self (Atmadvaita)
Knower and the Non-Knower of the self (Sarvamatma)
Stages of Dissolution of Consciousness (Laya)
Irrelevance of Dissolution of Consciousness (Prakrtec Parah)
Tranquil and Boundless Ocean of the Self (Santa)
Bondage and Freedom (Moksa)
Self as Pure and Radiant intelligence (Cidrupa)
Ascent of Contemplation (Svabhava)
Transcendent Bliss (Yathasukham)
Natural Dissolution of the Mind (Isvara)
Unborn Self or Brahman (Tattvam)
Self-Abidance through Obliteration of the World (Svasthya)
Absolute Aloneness of the Self (Kaivalya)
Way and Goal of Natural Samadhi (Jivanmukti)
Majesty of the Self (Svamahima)
Transcendence of the Self (Akincanabhava)